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Rep. John Lewis Floor Statement on Racist Tweets

July 16, 2019
Press Release

Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) made the following statement on the floor of the House today regarding H. Res. 489, a Resolution Condemning President Trump’s Racist Comments Directed at Members of Congress:

“Madam Speaker, I rise with a sense of righteous indignation to support this resolution. 

“I know racism when I see it.  I know racism when I feel it, and at the highest level of government, there is no room for racism.  It sows the seeds of violence and destroys the hopes and dreams of people.

“The world is watching; they are shocked and dismayed because it seems we have lost our way -- as a nation -- as a proud, great people. We are one Congress, and we are here to serve one house – the American house, the American people.

“Some of us have been victims of the stain, the pain, the hurt of racism.  In the 50s and during the 60s, segregationists told us to go back when we protested for our rights.  They told ministers, priests, rabbis, and nuns to go back.  The told innocent, little children seeking just equal education to go back.

“As a nation and as a people, we need to go forward and not backwards.  With this vote, we stand with our sisters – three were born in America, and one came here looking for a better life.  With this vote, we meet our moral obligation to condemn hate, racism, and bigotry in every form.

“Thank you, Madam Speaker.”

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